Nasty divorce case: Wife accuses Redskins tackle of not paying bills, wants restraining order

By Teresa M. Walker, AP
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wife wants Haynesworth to pay bills, stay away

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Albert Haynesworth’s wife is asking a Tennessee judge to force the Washington defensive tackle to pay veterinary bills, his daughter’s tuition and other family expenses dating back to when she filed for divorce in April 2008. She also wants a restraining order against him.

Stephanie Haynesworth said in the motion filed Sept. 17 that Haynesworth recently threatened to stop paying temporary support that began in June. The motion alleges he said he wouldn’t pay his daughter’s monthly tuition and a $4,000 veterinary bill that he authorized for the family dog.

A Williamson County Chancery Court judge had been scheduled to hear the the motion Tuesday, but it was continued until Oct. 13.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The Redskins said Monday that Haynesworth was in Tennessee for an MRI on a sore hip and personal business.

Attorney Joanie Abernathy, who is representing Stephanie Haynesworth, did not immediately return a message left at her office. The attorney representing Albert Haynesworth also did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

Haynesworth’s wife filed for divorce in March 2008, citing irreconcileable differences and inappropriate marital conduct. She had previously asked for alimony and custody of their two children plus his oldest son, whom she had cared for since 2004.

Worried that Haynesworth will be “enraged” by the motion, she asked for a restraining order to keep him from “texting, calling or coming around her for any reason.”

She asks in her motion that the court require Haynesworth to make payments on her credit card and on jointly owned property. She asks for at least $6,000 cash per month for support for herself and three children and that the judge order Haynesworth to pay family expenses until the divorce case is finalized.

This isn’t the only legal case in Tennessee involving Haynesworth. A Nashville man sued him in May, saying the NFL player caused a December car crash that left him needing hip replacement surgery. Corey Edmonson is asking for $7.5 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of no less than 25 percent of Haynesworth’s $41 million in guaranteed money from his Redskins’ contract.

“Very sad for his family, but not surprising given Haynesworth’s track record,” said Edmonson’s attorney, Jon Perry. “Like Mrs. Haynesworth and the kids, Corey also can’t pay his bills because of Haynesworth.”

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